Dead Valentine's Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -240' -73 m
High: 4,509' 1,374 m
Low: 4,269' 1,301 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A wide thoroughfare with singletrack side trails branching off on either side.”— Brendan Ross
El Paso is in the desert, so be wise about the climate. Summers are regularly in the 90's or above; winters will drop to the 30's and 40's. Lightning storms are frequent in the late afternoons during the warmer months. Winds are frequent and gusts over 50 mph are not unusual. Dust storms, strongest in the late spring, can be hazardous and reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile. Check the weather before you go, and let someone know where you will be.
Mountain biking is popular in the Lost Dog area, and while runners have the right of way over cyclists, it's often the safer option to step or run to the side to allow them to pass. Sometimes you'll get thanked, but usually not - but better to be a good user of the trail than to end up in a cactus or tangled in some guy's derailleur.
Beginning at the intersection with Lechugilla Trail and Brujos and marked with a rock cairn, the trail beats a path to the southwest. It is mostly doubletrack, often scattered with rocks but rarely difficult to navigate. Little changes until it nears its end by the corner of the Del Sol neighborhood, where the trail turns sharply to the east and descends to an arroyo, meeting Del Sol Valley.
Dead Valentine's segments are a better option for runners choosing to head in this direction. The northern segment splits off right as the trail begins, directly across from the starting point of Mayberry. It runs for about a half mile before merging back into the main trail. The southern segment begins shortly after the Dead Valentine's-Mayberry Shortcut and runs the full length. Both segments can be taken together, with a brief stretch on the main trail, thanks to a connecting point partway through the southern segment.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park